Treating the Numbness
Numbness can be useful in the right context. Without anesthetic numbing an area of your body, surgery would be very difficult, if not impossible. At just about any other time, however, numbness is a sign that something is wrong. Conditions like neuropathy create dangerous numbness and nerve pain in your lower limbs that leave you vulnerable to serious injuries and infections. The right care and help from some medical advancements like MicroVas, though, allow you to avoid and treat complications from numb feet.
Where the Numbness Comes From
Neuropathy in your extremities, called peripheral neuropathy, is the result of damage to nerve tissue. The damage can develop many different ways. Traumatic injuries, autoimmune diseases, serious infections, chronic irritation, and anything else that impairs nerves can lead to the condition. The most common source of the problem, though, is diabetes. This disease impairs nerve function and your circulation, making it harder to both feel injuries and heal them when they arise.
How Neuropathy Harms You
Having numb feet can lead to a variety of painful issues in your lower limbs. Neuropathy doesn’t just deaden your nerves. The condition also causes the tissue to “misfire” and develop pain. As a result, you might notice a burning or pins-and-needles sensation. Sometimes it feels like a sharp, jabbing pain. You can actually develop muscle weakness and poor coordination as a side effect as well.
On top of all that, the numbness and burning sensations can mask injuries. You might step on something sharp and hurt yourself but be unable to feel it because of your nerve damage. Since you don’t know you have an injury, you fail to treat it—allowing an otherwise small problem to worsen and possibly become infected. This commonly creates ulcers. With diabetes, the deterioration and infection risk is especially high and can happen very quickly.
Treating Neuropathy and Protecting Your Feet
Treating neuropathy early on, and doing whatever it takes to control it, is the key to keeping your feet healthy and managing any discomfort. You’ll need to have your feet carefully evaluated to determine the best treatment for the condition, as well as to check for complications. We will use a variety of tests and may recommend several different options for protecting your feet. One of the new options is a treatment called MicroVas.
MicroVas is a noninvasive procedure that helps improve soft tissue healing and alleviate neuropathy pain. It uses pulses of energy to stimulate your body’s damaged tissues. These pulses of energy target the tiniest blood vessels in your soft tissues, called your capillaries. By using energy to encourage capillaries to “open up” and widen, blood flow to those tissues increases, boosting the amount of oxygen and nutrients your feet can receive. This helps wounds heal more quickly and ease some discomfort.
Other conservative methods are more traditional. You’ll need to wear supportive, cushioned shoes that help you maintain healthy biomechanics, reduce pressure, and prevent injuries. You might need orthotics to accommodate foot issues you already have. Safe, low-impact exercise to improve circulation can benefit neuropathy, too—just watch for minor injuries that could become ulcers. Physical therapy may help combat muscle weakness as well.
Neuropathy is a serious problem, but it can be managed. It doesn’t have to control your life. Let Dr. Gerald Mauriello work with you to alleviate nerve issues in your lower limbs so you can live a healthy, full life. Just call (908) 475-8750 to make an appointment with us.